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Things are looking pretty good. ^_^

I turned in my application to Trackers this past Sunday.

I'm going to make sure the promissory note is in today for the loan.

I'm having a rush of inspiration for a story for Nev.

I'm determined to take some time this weekend to write for Never a Legend and for the Nev story. I really need to take some time to do that. Writing for myself feels really good.

It is week seven so we are just over half way through with the term. I really look forward to studying history again next term.

Hayley :)
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Wow! It's a new year, boy that did seem to go fast! I'm kind'a glad it did though, it was a pretty hard year especially in the Grandparent department and the stress with university department. I hope this year will be more gentle. I have this overall feeling of self reflection. It feels like I want to undergo a big change in path in my life, but I'm not ready to do it yet because I have to get through this part of my schooling. It a strange way to feel. Song like <i>The End</i> and <i>Closer</i> by the Kings of Leon have been the best way I could describe the feeling. It's a strong feeling but also not judge mental angry, its wistful and maybe mellow/a bit sad happiness?

I do feel  good about Never a Legend, the manuscript is coming along slowly but it's coming along faster than it is has in years. I'm still very unsure about  my writing, my inner critic saying that it's terrible and no one else will want to read it. On the other hand I think I might be (crosses fingers and hopes to not jinks herself) to the point where I have my own writing voice. That's super exciting, but I'm not entirely sure its the case yet, here's hoping! I'm nearly done with chapter two's rewrite. I'Il give one and two to Tyson first. I'd like to give him one two and three together, but I'm worried about how one and two sound so I can't wait. Right now I hope the beginning isn't so sad the readers will dump the story. Conversely Robert's journey starts on a hard low and it's his arc to built it back up. I made a New Years resolution to schedule a time to work on NAL once maybe twice a week and to stick to it! This is the year I want to finally get a draft of the manuscript! My college schedule is a little more flexible this term. I have my classes on Tuesday and Thursday with a PE class on M&W to make sure I come in to get course work done. I'm planning to at least make a time on Friday to write, possibly one other time in the week if coursework allows.

I'm looking forward to the new term, but at the same time I'm a bit gun-shy after this past term. Social Theory was a difficult class and professor Crowfoot not agree with the way I write I tested poorly and worked quite the shitstorm of anxiety. This combined with not getting my meds at the very end of term caused an incomplete *face palm*. I've been working on the incomplete at my own pace this Christmas break, of course it's not finished yet *ugh self*. I just need to get over than brick wall about anxiety of writing for this course! I will go get something to eat here shortly and see if that helps. History Seminar 405 was really interesting and I learned a lot about Steppe Nomads. Having professor Walton is really great too she's so knowledgeable. It's also great to feel like I'm getting done with my history requirements and progressing in the degree. I also really like writing the bibliographic essay I will definitely use it as a tool in research in the future.  However it was also pretty painful. We had about 200 pages worth of reading per-week considering its a senior level class that isn't that bad, but with my learning disability and ocd I can't read quickly and I was so afraid all term that I would fail the course. For this class there was a happy ending, I think professor Walton appreciated my  effort and discussion in class. I hope she liked my essay I may find out soon since I'm taking part two of the course this term.

I think I'm going to have to do a part two to this post to talk about the courses for this coming term and other future school developments. I think I'm going to grab some food stuffs now, I'm--so--hungry!  
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 Dad has planted the seed of an excellent idea in my head. It was last week I think and it has since then found a lovely spot in my mind to go to sprouting.  He said to me that I could make a profession out of writing grants for people. Before he mentioned that to me it had never occurred to me. I had thought that it would be a really good idea to take grant writing given my chosen fields of study, but I had never thought of it as a something I could possibly do to make a living and or help people. I have always wanted to help people, and I like to believe in people and their ideas, and by my nature I tend to see the positive and would happily try and show others (possible investors) what I see.

I mean I could be wrong to get so excited. I do have a lot of doubt around my writing abilities. Also there is the whole matter of my past struggles with deadlines. That said, I can't deny that I'm really caught up in this, maybe it's partly because it's so out of left field. My Dad's a clever guy. Also the other person I have mentioned this to thought it was a good idea. I just think it's always nice to have back up plans.

Being practical for my history and anthropology degree I was already thinking about looking into a grant writing class at PSU. Dad told me they had one. However looking at the class bulletin for the 2010-2011 university year, there wasn't a class listed. I decided not to give up so I did a google search for classes on grant writing and found this helpful site> http://grantwritingusa.com/events.html much to my excitement they have up coming workshops in Vancouver WA. and in Portland OR. It would cost a pretty penny, but you seem to get a lot out of it and it would be helpful to my career in the history or anthropology field, or really, whatever I end up doing. I think it would be well worth it. When I mentioned it to Dad he said he figured it would be expensive, but he still seemed to agree that it would be a good idea.

Who know what will end up happening, but for now I thought I'd get this down and see what others think as well. I find new possibilities exciting.

Hayley ^_^
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Today I went on sites for writers. The writers store, which is really nice place to find books and software to help in writing novels, non-fiction, plays, and screenplays. I asked for some software from them for Christmas ^_^. http://www.writersstore.com/ . I also went to Lulu again, which is a self publishing site. It's fun to browse all the books, although I don't think I can afford many member's work. Unfortunately my writing anxiety is pretty bad so I worried I won't be need their services for a while *sad sigh* http://www.lulu.com/. The last site I found was a social networking site for writers. You can't post work like you can on deviantart, but you connect with other writers. Um I got an account with it's been fun to play with. http://www.storylink.com/profile/manateemaiden I would recommend it to others who like to write. Best wishes to everyone for Christmas, Hanukkah, Soltice, and New Years!

Love, Hayley ^_^

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